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JONESBORO POLICE OFFICER FOUND JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING OF MAN ON JANUARY 9TH
A Jonesboro law enforcement officer has been found justified in his shooting and killing of a Keiser man earlier this month.
According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Jonesboro Police Corporal John Eidson was justified in shooting and killing 35 year old Michael Ware on January 9th.
Ware had reportedly opened fire on Eidson at a Jonesboro mobile home park causing Eidson to return fire.
GIDEON MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE
A Gideon man was taken into custody Thursday night on DWI and drug charges.
According to an arrest report from the Highway Patrol, 43 year old James A. Bowler was arrested in New Madrid County late Thursday night.
Bowler has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, prescription medication; and felony driving while intoxicated, drugs and alcohol.
HOWARDVILLE MAN FACING MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES
A man was taken into custody last night in New Madrid County on multiple felony charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 35 year old Marquis L. Pratcher, of Howardville, is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and tampering with physical evidence.
RAID LEADS TO ARREST OF TWO IN LAWRENCE COUNTY
Two men have been arrested following the raid of a house in Northeast Arkansas by multiple law enforcement agencies.
According to authorities, cash, weapons, paraphernalia, and almost 80 grams of meth were reportedly found during the raid Tuesday in Walnut Ridge.
60 year old Stephen Williams and 23 year old Ryun Blansett were each arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
INDEPENDENCE COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POSING AS A SCHOOL NURSE
Federal prosecutors say a woman wanted for posing as a nurse at a Searcy elementary school has been arrested and will face a seven-count indictment.
Authorities learned in July 2012 that Susan Elaine Boyce, of Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, who had worked as a nurse at Sidney Deener Elementary School, did not have a nursing license.
The 59-year-old Boyce faces a variety of charges, including wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and misuse of a Social Security number.
TEENAGER ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY MAKING FALSE ACCUSATION
An East Prairie teenager has been charged with making a false report.
According to a report from KFVS, 19 year old Todd Michael Achter allegedly confessed to his involvement in a 2011 burglary where two four wheelers were stolen. Achter also reportedly implicated an individual from New Madrid in the crime.
The individual was charged as an accessory, however further investigations later cleared the man.
POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL THEATER DEPARTMENT HONORED
Poplar Bluff High School Thespian Troupe No. 4379 was among 32 schools in the state to receive the Honor Troupe Award at the Missouri State Thespian Conference that took place in St. Louis earlier this month.
Criteria included participation at conferences, state and local involvement, and community service.
The International Thespian Society is an honor organization for students in acting and technical theater. Drama teacher Jo Nell Seifert founded the PBHS chapter in 1989.
CHORAL SYMPHONIC CONCERT COMING TO THREE RIVERS
Three Rivers College will feature a Choral Symphonic concert next week.
The Three Rivers College Music Department will perform a free concert on Monday, February 4th at 7 pm. The concert will be held in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center with performances by the Collegiate Choir, the Swingsations, and the Three Rivers Symphonic Band.
This performance is a rescheduling of a concert planned for last December, which was cancelled due to inclement weather.
ST. LOUIS ZOO OPENS NEW WEBCAM FOR PENGUIN EXHIBIT
Fans of the penguins and puffins at the St. Louis Zoo can now watch them through a live webcam.
The zoo says that live streaming video will be posted from 9 am to 5 pm daily at www.stlzoo.org/PenguinCam. After 5 p.m., previously recorded footage will be shown.
The zoo’s Penguin & Puffin Coast is closed to the public during construction of the McDonnell Polar Bear Point next door, expected to open next year.
INITIAL APPROVAL GIVEN BILL THAT LIMITS POWER OF MISSOURI GOVERNOR
Missouri senators have given first-round approval to legislation aimed at curbing the governor’s executive powers to call special elections and fill positions in state government.
The Republican-controlled chamber began pushing for the legislation over concerns that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon was trying to circumvent the Senate confirmation process.
Currently, two state agencies are led by temporary leaders. Permanent department directors chosen by the governor require Senate confirmation while acting leaders don’t.
The legislation would also force the governor to call a special election to fill vacant House and Senate seats within 30 days of a vacancy. There are four vacant seats currently in the Legislature.
The measure needs one more vote before moving to the House. It was the first bill debated by the Senate this year.